Gorgonzola PDO Lasagne
with West Country Beef PGI
This Gorgonzola lasagne recipe is an Italian classic and perfect for autumnal evenings. The recipe combines delicious Gorgonzola cheese, a product of Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) with West Country Beef, a product of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). To make the lasagne, simply repeat a layering process with pasta sheets, spinach, beef filling and creamy Gorgonzola sauce. Sprinkle over crumbled Gorgonzola and bake in the oven until bubbling. Top with basil leaves and serve. Buon appetito!
Gorgonzola is a completely natural, high quality cheese with an unmistakable aroma and taste and a history which allegedly dates back to the eighth century. There are currently 30 dairies and over 3,000 farms making Gorgonzola cheese!
By law and tradition, Gorgonzola cheese can only be produced in the following provinces: Novara, Vercelli, Cuneo, Biella, Verbano Cusio Ossola, and the area of Casale Monferrato within the Piedmont region, and Bergamo, Brescia, Como, Cremona, Lecco, Lodi, Milano, Monza, Pavia, and Varese within the Lombardy region.
Only high quality cows’ milk produced in these provinces may be used to make Gorgonzola and to grant the cheese its PDO certification. PDOs are defined and protected by European Union law in order to defend the reputation of regional foods.
Gorgonzola has excellent nutritional and antioxidant properties; it is extremely rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and phosphorus. It is also a highly versatile product which can be used in a wide range of recipes including appetisers, main courses, and even desserts.
Gorgonzola Lasagne Recipe: Ingredients
4 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
250g wild mushrooms, chopped
1 carrot, grated
500g plum tomatoes, chopped
500g minced West Country Beef
150ml red wine
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tsp mixed herbs
100g spinach leaves
6 sheets fresh lasagne
salt and cracked black pepper
400g Gorgonzola piccante, crumbled
basil leaves, to serve
250g Gorgonzola dolce
Gorgonzola Lasagne Recipe: Instructions
Preheat the oven to 200˚C
You can always prepare ahead and make the Bolognese sauce a day in advance
MORE INFORMATION ON GORGONZOLA
For more information about Gorgonzola visit http://www.gorgonzola.com
Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Gorgonzola
Photography and Reportage: Steve Lee
Recipe and Food Styling: Jocelyn Barker, The Dialogue Agency